Celebrating American holidays

Daniel Eidensohn (yadmoshe@netmedia.net.il)
Fri, 11 Jul 1997 17:13:31 -0700

Benson Stone asked:
>Are we allowed to celebrate American holidays (Thanksgiving, 4th of July,
>etc.)?

drockove@juno.com (David Rockove)answered:
<<Reb Moshe has answered the question regarding Thanksgiving. Since it is a
holiday of religious origin, one may not celebrate it. He even says one
should not schedule a wedding or Bar Mitzvah for that day. The same should
apply to any holiday that has religious origin, (x-mas, etc.) The 4th of
July just celebrates the founding of the US and may be celebrated.>>

The position of Reb Moshe is presented in the Igros Moshe Y.D. IV #12
and Orech Chaim V #20.6 and Y.D. IV #11.4 as well as Even HaEzer II #13.
His position is a bit more complex than comes across from the above
reply of Dovid Rockove.